Sunday, August 22, 2010

Uniting in the Fight, #CancerSummit

Proposing a #CancerSummit

Since we began our @abolishcancer Twitter feed and organization in November of 2009, the number of groups, agencies, and charities that are “doing the work” to help fight and end cancer in this world has overwhelmed us. While the sheer volume of organizations in this fight is impressive, it also appears that most of these agencies work independently of each other without any collaboration. With this in mind, we are proposing the first #CancerSummit.

We are not naive to the fact that raising funds for cancer research, prevention, and the like, is big business. People’s lives and employment depend on raising funds for their particular group. We are also optimistic that inherent in the fundraising and exchange of funds with each group, is the ultimate goal of eliminating this disease. We have also seen through our Twitter feed that while one person can make a difference, it’s the power of the crowd that makes the greatest impact.

The same holds true for cancer fighting organizations. We believe that the time is ripe for collaboration. To provide a forum for those who are “doing the work” to come to the table to discuss their practices and to walk away with two or three collaborative possibilities for the future. We realize that some charities may see this as threatening to their “slice of the pie”. We see it as a powerful way to unite like-minded groups to make even a greater difference.

So, we are proposing the first #CancerSummit. We are proposing a one-day conference to be held in February 2011 in the Northeast portion of the United States. We also want to provide an electronic means for those who are unable to travel to virtually experience and be part of the conversation. No charity is too big or small to attend, we all contribute towards the ultimate goal.

What’s next? If you are an active member of a cancer-fighting group, email at to be part of the discussion. If you are simply a supporter of a cancer-fighting group, encourage your charity and charity representatives to get involved. Lastly, as we have seen through Twitter, it’s important to share the message. Help us raise awareness to this initiative.

As we say as part of our Twitter feed, “Power of the People to @abolishcancer”. If not us then who? If not now then when?

Unite in the fight to abolishcancer!

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